Eat Smart · Feel Great

Are Food Subscriptions the Solution College Students have been waiting for?

I speak for many college students when I say that eating healthy in college is hard. There are constant fatty temptations between the french fries in the dining hall, the stock of ramen noodles you keep under your bed, or the late night sliders in Kimmel.

Unfortunately, I’m a college senior so it’s pretty much too late to change my ways. However, for those of you that have extra time at Syracuse, there is a solution to this problem. Food box subscriptions have recently become more popular because they not only provide the healthy food that people are looking for, but they also provide convenience.

Interested? Here are some of the top ranked food box subscriptions:

  1. Healthy Surprise

This subscription box provides snacks that are all natural, gluten free, GMO free, soy free, corn free, and wheat free. There are various sizes of boxes that differ in price, but reviews have said that all of the boxes are great value. Customers who tend to like this box the most are those who avoid certain foods due to allergies or intolerances.

  1. Nature Box

The Nature Box provides convenient snack bags that lack artificial ingredients, trans fats, or high-fructose corn syrup. When choosing the box, the customer is able to customize it based off of dietary needs and desires. Reviews of this box have said that one of the best parts of this product is that it comes in convenient, re-sealable snack bags.

  1. Bestowed

The Bestowed subscription box not only provides healthy snacks and beverages, but also throws in lifestyle items such as lotions and lip balms. This product is interesting because customers get a wide range of items within the box, instead of only healthy snacks. Many people who have reviewed this box like the combination of the two types of products, and highly recommend!

  1. Blue Apron

Looking for fresh ingredients and recipes that can create whole meals? Perhaps ideal if you live on south or off campus, this service is more than just a snack box. Blue Apron provides weekly specialty ingredients and creative ways to cook them. Reviews of this subscription have claimed that Blue Apron was reliably delivered, affordable, and included recipes that were easy to follow.

  1. Plated

This subscription is another type of food delivery box that provides an entire meal with recipes. Reviewers of this box feel that Plated’s food quality is very high, but the recipes might be for someone who is more comfortable in the kitchen. So, if you’re looking for a challenge, this might be the box for you! Plated also allows you to choose the amount of meals you want for the week, providing flexibility for customers.

  1. HelloFresh

Like boxes four and five, HelloFresh has a similar meal concept. What seems to set HelloFresh apart is that it is more family-oriented and provides discounts for four or more people. Customers who have this subscription box feel that it works well for people who are vegetarian and provides pretty good healthy ingredients.

While I have not personally tried any of these products, I look forward to trying one next year when I have my first real apartment. With these subscription boxes, there seems to be a product for just about everyone’s desires. If you’re interested in trying these out, I’d suggest reading these websites specifically to see what stands out to you and your food wishes. Also, if you’re concerned about the price, there are tons of discount codes that can cut your subscription boxes down so you can eat great and still live on a college budget! (Ahem, YouTube is littered with discount codes in particular for Nature Box and Blue Apron!) Happy, healthy eating!


By Courtney Rosser

Image courtesy of Harvard Business School


5 Best Exercise Classes to take at SU

It’s registration season again! That means you’re probably prepared for the Hunger Games-esque scene that usually occurs during these few weeks. While this scene is usually caused because the classes you need to get into close within the first couple of hours, you don’t have to worry about that when it comes to workout classes. Typically, there are a few of the same courses offered at different times throughout the week, which makes picking them relatively simple. It’s important to have a scheduled time of day to workout that holds you accountable for showing up. If you’re anything like me, that chunk of time on Wednesday morning that you blocked for working out will inevitably turn into you sleeping in or going on a Netflix binge.

Luckily, through these workout classes you don’t have to worry about this anymore! It’s an opportunity to workout with your friends a few times a week, while getting an easy A. Syracuse offers a wide variety of really interesting and cool workout classes, but after taking a quick poll of some students that I know have taken them, the following classes were ranked the highest:

  1. Bootcamp Fitness – This class seeks to really whip you into shape. The class is structured so that you get a large variety of workouts anywhere from interval training to yoga. I really enjoyed bootcamp because we were pushed harder than most classes, and it was a great way to work on everyone’s spring break bods!
  1. Tabata – Tabata is a type of high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) that forces you to push yourself. The class that I took works either through a Tabata app or the teacher leading the sections by personally timing the intervals. These intervals require you to push yourself to the limit for 20 seconds with whatever exercise the teacher chooses, then you get a 10 second break. If you’re thinking, hey that’s not too bad…repeat eight more times. Tabata is supposed to be an amazing fat burner, so I’d suggest taking another interval class for the first half of the semester, and then Tabata for the second. That way, you’ll be in great shape going into Tabata and can get the most out of it.
  1. Pi-yo – This class combines both pilates and yoga. This class is great for strengthening and balance, while also giving you a great workout! A lot of people that I’ve talked to say that it works well for stress relief and that it gives them a nice break in the middle of their day to stretch and meditate.
  1. Zumba Step – This class is fun! While it doesn’t require you to have rhythm, it does require a positive attitude and a desire to dance. The class is a modern version of step aerobics, and mixes high-energy songs with simple moves. This class definitely will keep your heart rate up for 45 minutes, and burns about the same amount of calories as an interval training class.
  1. H.I.I.T – As mentioned, this acronym stands for high intensity interval training. The class is structured a lot like Tabata, but the intervals are different. For H.I.I.T, you would push yourself for 45 seconds and get a 15 second rest. This is a great class because it really allows you to increase or decrease the intensity to suit your body in the best way possible.

All of the teachers I’ve had so far have been great, so I’d suggest finding a class that works well with your schedule to take with some friends! To sign up, just search the name of the class you’re interested in on MySlice, or select ‘PED’ and your availability—this will hone in on your options. When else will you ever be able to earn credit for getting into shape?

By Courtney Rosser

Feel Great · Get Well

Animals on Campus

Syracuse University is experiencing an increase in students living with animals on campus, according to the Office of Residence Life.

Terra Peckskamp, Director of the Office of Residence Life at Syracuse University, said that having animals on campus is something a lot of campuses are talking about, seeing more of, and figuring out how to navigate.

“We’ve had more of them on South Campus in the apartments, where it’s a little bit easier to do that, but they can have them in the residence halls too,” said Peckskamp. This year, there are two students with animals in residence halls, and many more on South Campus.

Neha Rauf has an emotional support animal in the University Village Apartments. Her family moved to Wales so she was feeling very lonely and started going to counseling. She brought up the idea of an emotional support animal to her therapist, who also thought it would be beneficial.

“There’s a lot of therapeutic benefit from just taking care of something,” said Rauf. “I enjoy being busy and having responsibilities.”

Peckskamp said that, for students who need emotional support animals, they “can be incredibly beneficial and can really help them thrive on campus. However, having animals in residence halls does create challenges.

Rauf plans her schedule around her dog. She has to go home at some point during the day or have a neighbor check in on her dog. Because of this, Rauf only took twelve credits this semester.

Rauf’s dog, Jill, is a mix of a laboratory retriever and a pitbull, which she says sometimes raises some eyebrows. “Fix It gets nervous,” she said. Still, Rauf said that her dog is one of the best decisions she’s ever made.


Neha Rauf and her dog, Jill.

In a study ran by Theresa McDevitt and others at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 95% of 449 student participants considered interaction with therapy dogs to be a means of stress reduction.

“I think there’s a greater understanding now of the impact of animals on people,” said McDevitt. “If you pet a dog, a hormone is released that makes you calmer and, if your heart was racing, it brings your heart rate back down to normal.”

Timothy Reid is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at Syracuse University, who said that it’s possible that some of the students with animals could be faking mental illness so they can bring their pets to school. “I think it is possible in any field that people will try and cheat the system in some way. With enough research, you could probably fake something,” said Reid. “There are scenarios where it would be advantageous for someone to get a diagnosis that maybe they don’t actually have.”

C.W. Von Bergen, a professor at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University and an expert on animals in society, said that it’s hard to identify mental disabilities so it’s easy for college students to claim they have one. “It’s particularly true in dorms and housing situations, where the federal housing administration has approved bringing animals as a mental accommodation,” said Von Bergen.

He worries that it’s getting easier and easier to get someone classified as having a mental disability. He mentioned that there are a number of companies on the internet that, in exchange for payment, will write a letter to your landlord or university saying that you have a mental disability and that an animal would be beneficial treatment.

However, Peckskamp is confident in Syracuse University’s Office of Residence Life’s system to make sure that the animal is a legitimate need for the student. “It’s not just, ‘Hey I want to bring Fido from home,’… Those are the ones that end up getting turned down.” However, Peckskamp said that most of the cases she’s been involved in have resulted in the student being able to keep the animal.

Still, the Office of Residence Life is still struggling with issues where students have animals who aren’t there legally and try to say it was approved by a therapist, but they haven’t been approved by the school. “We kind of work with them on that process, so in the interim there’s a little bit of limbo where we’ll say the animal can stay for two days but they need to be able to provide the documentation,” said Peckskamp.

“It’s more of the students who actually are just there with pets where we have to say no, that they have to find somewhere else for their animal,” which Peckskamp said happens a lot on South Campus.

Sometimes students will remove the pet, but a few months later the Office of Residence Life will come back to check and the pet will be back again. At that point, they may move the student out of the apartment and into a residence hall, which affects meal plans and financial aid.

“We have students sign a notarized form that says I understand that I’ll be moved if I have my pet back again because it’s not just the student that’s impacted but it’s their roommates, and it’s also the pet. Because our residential facilities may or may not be well equipped for animals,” said Peckskamp.

The Office of Residence Life also keeps a close eye on South Campus apartments because of the wild cat problem. Once people graduate or leave, they sometimes just turn them loose.

“There’s a lot of trickery going on, a lot of faking kind of activities,” said Von Bergen. “I think it does a disservice to people who actually have a mental or emotional disability.”


By Abby Rose Sugnet

Student Life

Got Consent? Be SU.R.E.

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Eat Smart · Nutrition · Student Life

Cutting Out Cross Contact

For many students, the dining hall poses a harmful, and sometimes an even life-threatening risk. Imagine entering the dining hall, scanning all of the meal options available and not knowing one hundred percent if what you are serving yourself is safe. “Of course that grape jelly doesn’t contain gluten!” and “Why would you think that… Continue reading Cutting Out Cross Contact